Who Am I Stalking? [8] — Jess @ Gone with the Words

Posted 11 May, 2012 by Amanda / 18 Comments

Some of you may recognize this feature from 25 Hour Books.  I was in the market for a feature to showcase the bloggers I simply can’t live without, Tara usually lets me do whatever I want if I pester her enough, and Who Am I Stalking? seemed appropriate. Win-win.  But please, no restraining orders are necessary.  I stalk with love, people.  It is a badge of honor.  Wear it with pride!

Gone with the Words

I do not remember how exactly I found Jess — or if she found me.  All I remember was that one Friday, she posted that I was one of her six bloggers that made her smile, and after my jaw dropped a little, I was like, “Someone likes me!  They really really like me!”  And that’s when our love affair started.  True story.  The thing about Jess — and quite frankly, most of the Texan bloggers I’ve met — is that her heart is as big as her state.  And that’s just one of the many reasons I love her.

1. Describe yourself in six words.

Would rather be at home reading.

2. What has been your most exciting moment as a book blogger?

There’s been a couple of times where an author has recognized my blog name and that is totally insane (and exciting) to me! Name drop, you say? Ok! Andrea Cremer and Stephanie Perkins are the two authors I’ve seen a couple of times that always recognize it. Eeeeep!

Then again, anytime an author tweets me it’s just as exciting too. :)

3. In the last year, what is the best book that you have read?  The worst?

The best book I’ve read so far was the first one I read this year: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It’s a YA Contemporary and the writing is just beauuuuutiful. READ IT!

Worst? I haven’t read a bad book this year yet, but the one at the bottom of the totem pole of books read this year is probably Populazzi by Elise Allen. You can read my review to see why.

4. Why is reading important?

Reading is what will keep our minds young and bright and active. Books are viagra for the brain. Keep it up! Teehee.

5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for Gone with the Words?

By far my favorite and most fun to create have been The Boys of Dessen posts, which I did last year for Sarah Dessen Week. I’ve read all but one of Sarah Dessen’s books and I’ve loved them all, especially her boys. I had a lot of fun finding the perfect pictures for each one and selecting my favorite quotes featuring them. Check them all out HERE.

6. You are a regular participant in Ginger’s Tune in Tuesday meme.  Why do you think there is such a strong connection between books and music?

I think it’s mainly because, as avid readers, we look for stories everywhere. And music tells a story in every song. Sometimes music is like an extension or continuation of whatever story you’ve just read and it’s impossible not to connect the two.

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18 Responses to “Who Am I Stalking? [8] — Jess @ Gone with the Words”

  1. Thanks for having me, MANDERS!! Being stalked by you is a total pleasure and I return the favor every day. :D

    I think I remember our very first interaction, on twitter, of course. I had tweeted about a txt msg I got from the boyfriend saying he had eaten one of my cupcakes and that he didn’t regret it but was sorry for my loss, lol. You said that sounded like something your boyfriend would have said. (I hope this story isn’t creepy. I just remember the most random things sometimes.)

    And the rest was history. :)

  2. Seriously, Texas busts out some awesome book bloggers!

    Ugh, I haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books….. YET. I’ve wanted to for so long, but never do. I will one day though.

    Great interview you two. “Keep it up!” :)

  3. Jess is like my absolute favorite. I think I fan-girl her more than some authors. Her reviews are like butter & she is super awesome. Yes, her heart is as big as TX. She let me follow her around like a puppy at ALAMW & gifted me like the most awesome series (flipping love the Dark Swan) for just behaving like a civilized human. And my daughter will never forget how she let her hang in the Bitterblue line. Uber-cool. And she popped my Dessen-cherry. And…and…and